We all have goals we’d like to achieve, dreams we want to see become a reality, and priorities we want to elevate. But at the end of the day, the work week, or even the year, we often look back and wonder where the time went. Did we do the things we’d hoped to do? Did we check all the boxes? Did our actions align with our priorities?
Today on the Think Orange Podcast, Reggie Joiner discusses the importance of alignment on your teams and in your ministry. Then Carey Nieuwhof shares strategies for increasing your personal and professional effectiveness in the new year.
Welcome to the Think Orange Podcast’s first episode of 2018.
Reggie talks about alignment (5:00)
Reggie shares what he learned about alignment at motorcycle safety school (5:00)
Reggie’s illustration of navigating through the orange traffic cones (7:20)
Vision doesn’t determine success—strategy does (9:35)
Definition of strategy: a plan of action with an end in mind (10:45)
The most important thing you can do as a NextGen team is work in alignment (11:50)
You don’t have to work at getting misaligned (12:05)
Two questions for creating alignment: What do we want someone to become? and Where do we want them to be? (12:35)
The most practical thing you can do to work on your team’s strategy is to get in the same room and on the same page (14:55)
Dave and Kevin recap Reggie’s talk and discuss how easy it is to get misaligned both at home and in ministry (16:30)
Interview with Carey (18:55)
Carey sings New Year’s Day by U2 (21:20)
How to increase personal capacity (21:30)
The difficulty with time management (22:15)
Managing energy and priorities instead of time (24:35)
How to say “no” nicely (26:25)
High impact leaders do what they’re best at when they’re at their best (31:45)
The tendency many of us have to cheat our gifts (34:30)
We have more control over our calendars than we think (36:20)
Ways to manage your yearly calendar to maximize personal time (38:30)
Details of The High Impact Leader Online Course (46:10)
Advice for leaders facing burnout (48:00)
Dave and Kevin’s final thoughts (50:05)
People, Places & Helpful Resources
Blog: Orange Leaders – a blog with strategies, tips and ideas from leaders influencing the faith and character of the next generation
Reggie is founder and CEO of Orange (The reThink Group). He has co-written three parenting books, Don’t Miss It, Playing for Keeps and Parenting Beyond Your Capacity as well as other leadership books including A New Kind of Leader and Think Orange. Reggie lives in Georgia with his wife, Debbie, and has four grown children, Reggie Paul, Hannah, Sarah, and Rebekah.
Carey is the founding and teach pastor at Connexus Church north of Toronto Canada. He is the host of The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast and is the author of Lasting Impact, Leading Change Without Losing It and a widely-popular leadership blog. Carey lives in Canada with his wife, and is the father to two sons and a daughter-in-law.
Quotes from This Episode
Ideas to Influence the Next Generation
Work with the end in mind.
Strategy is a plan of action with an end in mind. If you know the destination you want to reach, when you’re presented with an opportunity, you can ask the question, “Will this help me get where I’m going?” Having an aligned strategy leads to clearer priorities.
Get others on board.
Whether it’s a personal leadership objective or a team pursuit, the more people you have aligned to your goal, the more successful you’ll be. If you’re the leader of a team, make sure you hold regular meetings for the purpose of getting on the same page. If you’re leading up, ask the person you report to if you can get together regularly to discuss how you can better work with the end in mind.
Don’t give up.
There will be weeks your plans get derailed. There will be days when out-of-the-ordinary or emergency priorities rise to the surface. Getting out of alignment doesn’t mean it’s time to give up or choose a different goal. It’s just an opportunity to take a deep breath, get realigned, and keep moving forward.
Conversation Starters For Your Church
As a team, what is our end goal—the thing that will keep us aligned?
What are the obstacles we allow to keep us from our end goal?
What are some ways we can shape our personal and team calendars to better prioritize the energy and gifts available to us?
When he’s not working as a pastor at North Point Ministries in Atlanta, Dave is usually making his family cross their arms, roll their eyes, and tap their feet while he takes “just one more quick photo” on family outings. You’ll also often find him up to his neck in “Jewish stuff” as he researches the cultural context of Jesus for his daily Instagram devotions. Learn more about Dave at daveadamson.tv.
Ashley serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange and the USA Director of Carry 117. She has worked with students in public education, athletic and ministry settings for the last 12 years. She is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating on stage, developing leaders, working with students and world missions. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.
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